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Human Morality

Samuel Scheffler


This book defends a conception of morality as moderate in content and pervasive in scope, and as possessing an authority that derives in part from its deep roots in human psychology. According to Scheffler, the point of view of morality and that of enlightened self‐interest stand in a relation of potential congruence, a relation that he explains by reference to three central ideas. The first is that even though moral considerations and considerations of self‐interest do sometimes conflict; moral norms must be capable of integration into a coherent, attractive human life. The second is that ind ... More

Keywords: authority, congruence, content, ethics, human psychology, Ideal of Humanity, morality, motivation, self‐interest

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780195085648
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195085647.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samuel Scheffler, author
University of California, Berkeley
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